#AESUMMERSTUDY: What Hassidut Can Teach Us About Curiosity, Possibility and Rebirth with Sabrina Burger

A dynamic educator and attentive listener, Sabrina Burger combines her love for Jewish learning with her sensitivity as a psychotherapist to facilitate learning experiences that weave the wisdom of traditional Jewish texts with relevant issues particular to our lives. 

With 20 years of teaching experience, Sabrina is able to reach all denominations within the Jewish community, by facilitating highly interactive learning environments that invite personal reflection and rigorous reading of the texts. She draws from a wide range of texts but loves to teach chasidut, especially Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. 

Saturday, July 27
9am • Parsha Class: From Desert to Land: Teaching? Transmission? Transformation?
In this week's parasha of Pinchas, after 40 years of wandering in the desert, the Jewish people prepare to enter the Land of Israel. As part of this process of entering the land, the Torah explores the succession of leadership from Moshe to Yehoshua. Using texts from our Hassidic masters as our guide, we will dive into the Torah's language describing this succession between Moshe to Joshua. What is the Torah trying to teach us about the relationship between a student and a teacher? How can each of us learn to play the roles of student and teacher more mindfully? How can take these deep lessons into our lives?

1pm • Post-Kiddush Discussion: Na’aseh V’nishma: Developing an Attitude of Curiosity
Rabbi Nachman - the great grandson of the Baal Shem Tov (the founder of Hassidut) innovates the classical Jewish concept of "naaseh v'nishma," traditionally understood as action preceding understanding. Rabbi Nachman deepens this central Jewish concept, reframing it as a mechanism for growth, and inviting in an attitude of curiosity. Rabbi Nachman taught that all Torah has to be applicable to our lives, and that is our goal is here too. Our class with revolve around a careful reading of his teaching on "na'aseh v'nishma" while encouraging open conversation and sharing of personal resonances. 

Sunday, July 28
10am • Study at Rebecca Fletcher's Home: The Three Weeks: What Do We Mourn For? What Do We Aim Towards?
Using texts from our Hassidic masters as our guide, we will learn about Rabbi Akiva’s surprising responds to the destruction of the Temple and his unique contribution to shaping Jewish attitudes towards building and destruction. We will connect those teachings to the upcoming fast day of Tisha B'av (a day commemorating the destruction of the Temple) and to larger themes of destruction and renewal.

All sessions are free and open to the community. Registration required for Sunday's study session. Address provided upon completion of the form below. Contact Elizabeth Berke for more information: 773.868.5117 | [email protected]